Mia Mélange is a South African home decor & accessories label founded by Mia Danieli. Mia was born in Israel into a multicultural family, to a Swiss mom and an Israeli dad. Growing up in a multi-lingual home, traveling often and living in different countries explains her love for diverse cultures and new beginnings. After meeting a South African man which later became her husband, Mia moved to his hometown Stellenbosch where they are currently residing.
Mia graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Textile Design in 2013, after completing a four-year course at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Israel). Mia Mélange was born shortly thereafter.
Mélange means mixture / blend in French. It's also a type of yarn that is commonly used in the textile and fashion industries. The yarn is typically made up of different kinds of fibers, or different colored fibers, which are blended together in a certain fixed ratio. When applied correctly, mélange yarn can be knitted or woven into a rich multicolored / textured fabric, which can be used for various purposes. The idea behind the name 'Mia Mélange' arose out of a desire to create a collection of eclectic products, with a strong emphasis on the bountiful world of textiles.
At Mia Mélange we aim to create high quality hand-crafted products, by using the best local materials we can find. Each one of our products is carefully designed and produced with great care and attention to detail. We believe in quality over quantity and prefer hand work over machine whenever possible. Our designs are inspired by a love of nature, texture, natural materials and ancient crafting techniques. We like to combine all of these to create modern and functional design.
Mia Mélange believes in empowering women and creating opportunities. We are passionate about our local community and strive to create jobs for previously unemployed women in our area. At our studio in Stellenbosch, we have a small team of highly valued crafters which are carefully trained and given a life skill.
Our items can be purchased in local designer shops across South Africa and in selected boutiques overseas. Mia Mélange is 100% handmade in South Africa.